Thousands of protesters were on the ground in Huntington Beach on May 1, 2020. Thousands more were in their cars and trucks, waving placards and American flags, rolling slowly through Pacific Coast Highway, the major road abutting the beach. It wasn’t easy for any of them. State, County, and City police had cordoned off the downtown area, making it impossible to park. Those on the ground had to walk miles to get to the protest. Those rolling through put up with miles of protest traffic, moving slower than a walk because police blocked all but 1 lane in each direction to dissuade protest traffic. If anything, their methods just bolstered their resolve!
These people were protesting the closing of the beach, the lock-down of the economy, and the assault on their constitutional rights. They were a snapshot of California, all races, all ages, and surprisingly heavily weighted with Millennial’s. It appears that many people here took their freedom for granted, were now incensed that our Governor has taken it away. Even surfers, people that never even thought to vote, were protesting.
Many of the protesters were out of work. They had signs that stated “All work is essential, politicians are not”. These people are seeing all they worked for dissolving before their eyes, now knowing that this virus may be infectious, but not nearly as deadly as first reported. Their indignation was clearly palpable. They want the economy opened up to stop their personal destruction.
The police were amazing! We interviewed some of them, and they all said they were with us. Officers said they were there to make sure the protest did not get out of hand, and had no intention of citing anyone for violating the Governor’s dictates. Some of them off duty were on the ground protesting themselves.
Our Governor, as with many other Progressive politicians, have thought they could control us, make us comply. What is being done is an affront to our individual Constitutional rights, and at this point in time totally unnecessary for any purported health reasons. They think they can advance their agenda using this covid-19 crisis as their permission for unpopular and unconstitutional action. They believe that we will willingly give them the ultimate power that we all have, our liberty, for a shallow, empty promise of safety.
We are at our heart still a revolutionary society. Make no mistake, American people will not give up liberty, freedom and their constitutional rights without a fight. Instead, our yearning for freedom will steadily ignite even those who never involved themselves with the politics of governance. The burning desire to regain all that they lost will be their reason to act, their awakening. Defeat is not an option!
Patrick Henry said it best when he spoke to the 2nd Virginia convention on March 23rd, 1775!
“Our petitions have been slighted,” Henry said, “our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne…we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!”
Henry stood silent for a moment, letting his defiant words hang in the air. When he finally began speaking again, it was in a thunderous bellow that seemed to shake “the walls of the building and all within them.” His fellow delegates leaned forward in their seats as he reached his crescendo.
“The war is actually begun!” Henry cried. “The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?” As he spoke, Henry held his wrists together as though they were manacled and raised them toward the heavens. “Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty”—Henry burst from his imaginary chains and grasped an ivory letter opener—“or give me death!” As he uttered these final words, he plunged the letter opener toward his chest, mimicking a knife blow to the heart. (History, August 22, 2018, Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech).
WE WILL NOT COMPLY!